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of the individual. >> governor clinton you have one minute >> schieffer: public television's jim lehrer is the dean of debate moderators. he's been at it for 24 years. he's put more questions to more candidates than any of us. >> i've always thought that the vote for the presidency was different than any other vote we cast. the presidency, it seems to me, comes down to who do we feel most comfortable with in times of crisis. >> exactly right. bob gates, the former defense secretary, he said temperament. there's such a thing as presidential temperament. you can smell it. you can feel it. it's there. and some people have it. some people don't. >> schieffer: considering the importance we place on them, it's hard to believe that presidential debates are fairly new to american politics. >> the candidates need to no introduction. the republican candidate vice president richard m. nixon and the democratic candidate senator john f. kennedy >> reporter: they began just 52 years ago on september 26, 1960. >> i think mr. nixon is an effective leader of his party. i hope he would grant me the same >> schieffer
. >> he had clinton at the convention. >> that comes down to the two theories of the race. one was right, one was wrong. the romney theory, tell people it's okay even though the president's a nice guy to vote against him because everyone's primed to vote against him. the democrats went into the convention realizing they needed to make a substantive case and tear down romney's agenda. romney needs to build that up again. >> have you everybody observed, mortimer, how -- have you observed, mortimer, how much the president relies on a teleprompter and of course romney probably less so? but he's been out there in the field. obama really hasn't been debating, and he doesn't have a teleprompter during the debate. >> he won't have a teleprompter, but let's face it, he is an articulate speaker and i'm sure he'll practice enough so he doesn't need one. i have a slightly different view of what romney has to do. he has to establish himself as a credible candidate and credible occupant of the presidency. that is not something he has done just yet. if he comes across forcefully enough and with enough
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